The 2017 Gasparilla International Film Festival is over but we want to give our take on the opening and closing night films.
The opening movie synopsis
“Burn Your Maps is s a cross-cultural comedic drama about an eight-year old American boy who declares to his parents that he is actually a Mongolian goat herder, born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker, they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world. The adventure reveals life-affirming secrets for the entire family, about the value of getting lost and the right way to get back home.”
What I love about this film is the way it challenges the family to continue living after the lost of a child. The father took on the typical role of being strong for the family. The mother felt trapped and loss as she tries to enter back into a normal life. Their daughter seem to be ok but their son is convinced he is a Mongolian goat herder. He had goats everywhere and I do mean everywhere. He was graced with meeting an Indian student that felt out of place since coming to the USA. The Indian film maker gets a great idea to raise the money and travel Mongolia with his new friend. The son’s mom thinks it is somewhat of a great idea but the dad thinks it is has been going on for far too long. The trip is set and they are off!!! You will have to see the movie to see who went on the trip and does this family get the real meaning of family.
The closing movie synopsis
“When a cosmic event turns Emma’s dog (Steve Howey) and cat (Justin Chatwin) into two perfect guys, Emma (Kate Micucci) reconsiders her outlook on dating, hilariously works out her trust issues, and ultimately learns to love herself.”
Now this movie right here is comedy at its best. Not going to spend too much time on this. The laughter is none stop. This is the way you close out the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Will the cat or dog win the girl because everyone knows there is always a guy and girl, two guy, two girls but never 2 guys and a girl. Once again the staff at Gasparilla International Film Festival did an outstanding job picking movies that are loved by film makers everywhere.